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Dry Bones Kart DS is a Nintendo DS game developed by Fantendo and published by IggyKoopa408. It is the fifth installment of the Dry Bones Kart series and the second game for a handheld console. It is the first Dry Bones Kart title to include various standard features of future installments, such as the concept of Retro Cups, online play, and single-player Battle Mode, as well as the revamped driving mechanics that become standard for subsequent installments. It also includes unique modes and features, such as a mission mode and the ability to create custom icons for karts. It also features a map that displays the objects and characters present throughout the courses, making use of the DS's bottom screen.

Dry Bones Kart DS has been generally well received by critics, as such, leading it to earn various awards and acknowledgments.

On June 16th, 2017, the game became available to purchase on the Virtual Console service for the Wii U, via the eShop, coinciding with the near 10th anniversary of the game's initial release, and the 2nd DLC pack for Dry Bones Kart 8. However, the Virtual Console version of the game is only playable in single player mode.

Gameplay

Items

To know the chance of getting these items, see Dry Bones Kart DS/Item Probabilities.

Dry Bones Kart Wii includes two new items: the Blooper and Bullet Bill, which both appear in every game starting with this one. Items can be earned by driving through Item Boxes on the courses, just like in previous games. Once a player has done so, an item will be selected via the Item Roulette. Players can use items by pressing +Control Pad left. In general, players tend to obtain a weak item such as a Banana Peel or a Green Shell when they are in first. However, if players are in a lower place, they obtain a slightly more powerful item such as a Red Shell or Lightning Bolt is more frequent. Usually, the lower the place of the player, the rarer and more powerful the item they get. Starmen, Blue Spiny Shells, and Bullet Bill are examples of powerful items as they provide speed boosts and invincibility.

Items with an asterisk (*) signify this item's last appearance in the Dry Bones Kart series (only appearance for new items).

Image Name Description
Mushroom - Mario Kart Wii.png Mushroom Gives players a short speed boost that ignores terrain.
Triple Mushrooms - Mario Kart Wii.png Triple Mushrooms Gives players three Mushrooms, which give separate boosts. It is the default item in Time Trial mode.
Golden Mushroom - Mario Kart Wii.png Golden Mushroom The driver gets an infinite number of mushroom boosts for 7.5 seconds.
Boo - Mario Party 7 Mirrored.png Boo* Unleashes Boo, who turns you invisible for a brief time, making you impervious to enemy attacks, and steals an opponent's item.
Item Box - Mario Kart Wii.png Item Box When a driver runs into an Item Box, they will obtain an item, depending on their rank on the current race course.
Fake Item Box - Mario Kart Wii.png Fake Item Box This item imitates an Item Box, but is colored red and has an upside down question mark. It causes opponents to flip over once hit. It cannot block item attacks.
Banana Peel - Mario Kart Wii.png Banana Peel When drivers run into a Banana, it causes them to slip and slow down. It can also be held behind the player's vehicle to block attacks from shells and other vehicles.
Triple Bananas - Mario Kart Wii.png Triple Banana This item gives the driver a trail of three bananas.
Green Shell - Mario Kart Wii.png Green Shell A basic green shell that can be thrown forwards and backwards. It bounces off obstacles several times before it hits an opponent or is destroyed.
Triple Green Shells - Mario Kart Wii.png Triple Green Shell Three green shells that surround the racer until released. These can also be thrown forward or backward.
Red Shell - Mario Kart Wii.png Red Shell A fragile shell that tracks the nearest opponent when fired forward. Will break if it hits an obstacle.
Triple Red Shells - Mario Kart Wii.png Triple Red Shell Three red shells that surround the racer until released.
Blue Spiny Shell - Mario Kart Wii.png Blue Spiny Shell A blue shell that flies directly to the racer in first place and explodes like a Bob-omb.
Starman - Mario Kart Wii.png Star The driver obtains total invincibility for 7.5 seconds, allowing them to knock over items, course obstacles, and other players on contact. Also, the driver receives a speed boost and the power to drive off-road with no speed loss. Racers that are hit will lose all items in their possession.
Lightning Bolt - Mario Kart Wii.png Lightning Bolt Lightning strikes every racer ahead of the user, causing them to spin out, drop their items and shrink to very small size, driving more slowly. This item takes no effect on racers with invincibility items activated. The effects wear off from lowest place to first. Any users with the Mega Mushroom in effect shrink to normal size.
Bob-omb - Mario Kart Wii.png Bob-omb Blows up a racer anywhere on the track. Has the same effect as the spiny shell except that it can be lobbed or tossed backwards just like a banana.
BlooperMKDS.png Blooper
New Item
Squirts ink on any racer ahead of the user, partially obscuring vision. It eventually wears off, but can be immediately removed by a speed boost from a mushroom or boost tile, etc.
Bullet Bill - Mario Kart DS.png Bullet Bill
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Transforms the racer into a large bullet bill, which rockets down the entire track at very high speeds on auto-pilot. The Bullet Bill provides total invincibility and will knock over any item, any course hazard and any player that is in the way, making them lose or drop all their items.
POWQuestionBlockMKDS.png POW Question Block A POW Question Block appears onscreen, flips any racer on the ground ahead of the user, and causes them to drop their items. Players who deploy the wheelie button get a milder version of the effect.

Characters

Many characters return from previous installments. There are two new characters: Hammer Bro. and Iggy Koopa.

Default Characters

Lightweight Characters:
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Koopa Troopa
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Lakitu
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Paratroopa
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Middleweight Characters:
Koopa Kid
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Metal Mario
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Pink Gold Peach
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Blooper
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Iggy Koopa
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Monty Tank
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Heavyweight Characters:
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Bowser
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Dry Bowser
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Wario
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Waluigi
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King Boo
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Dark Bowser
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Ludwig von Koopa
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Roy Koopa
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Morton Koopa Jr.
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Other Characters:
Mii
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